ASM Clermont Auvergne fly-half Camille Lopez, who made his European Rugby comeback last month in Clermont’s impressive 41-20 Challenge Cup win at Northampton Saints, has won a recall to the France side for Saturday’s Test with South Africa in Paris.
The 29-year-old has been selected for his first international since March 2017 after showing he has fully recovered from a broken ankle with seven appearances for Clermont this season.
Lopez is one of five players from the Pool 1 leaders and TOP 14 front runners to be chosen by head coach Jacques Brunel for France’s first autumn Test.
The others are wing Damian Penaud, who starts there for the first time in a Test, flanker Arthur Iturria and second row Sébastien Vahaamahina, while prop Rabah Slimani is one of the replacements.
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Pool 3 club Bordeaux-Bègles have two players in the XV in prop Jeff Poirot and scrum-half Baptiste Serin, while Pool 4 leaders La Rochelle have centre Geoffrey Doumayrou in the starting line-up and prop Dany Priso on the bench.
Also among the replacements are lock Paul Gabrillagues and centre Gaël Fickou from Pool 2 club Stade Français Paris.